Sunday, December 24, 2006

Sense-filled Christmas story

Tonight we are telling the Christmas Story as a parish in the Dimboola church, because it is large enough (seats 300-350).

What a lot of people don't know is that it won't be the traditional nativity play.

We've blacked out the windows, and all the lights will be off except a few around the altar.

We'll burn frankincense, play recorded music, and have visuals on the screen to accompany the five themes:
fire, incense, the morning, metal, the night sky shines.

As well, there is an object for each theme - a "fire" of coloured cellophane with a torch; a bowl, supposedly containing incense; a picture of a sunrise, a sword, and a reproduction of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

On arriving, each worshipper will receive not a service order, but a book-mark which has on it these five objects/symbols, including a piece of tinfoil around one corner as a tactile thing.  On it is also printed “This very day in King David’s home town a Saviour was born for you.  He is Christ the Lord ... Praise God in heaven!  Peace on earth to everyone who pleases God.” Luke 2:11, 14

We hope that having something for four of the five senses (just not taste), plus a visual/tactile reminder to take home, will help to retain this message for the people.

Christ is born!  Let us rejoice and be glad!  A blessed mass of Christ to you all.


At 2:04 pm, Blogger JOSHUA S BLACK said...

Why did Jesus come? I like this song and the video that goes with it.

The video compiler's web address is and the artist's website is

At 2:05 pm, Blogger JOSHUA S BLACK said...

It would help if I actually posted the link for the song, wouldn't it!?! It's About the Cross.

God bless you.


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